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Professional Details

Geraldine A. Wyle, Partner

Geraldine A. Wyle is Co-Chair of our Trusts and Estates Department.  Her practice focuses on the areas of complex litigation and dispute resolution concerning trusts and estates, conservatorships and guardianships, often involving fiduciary and inter-generational family controversies, as well as appellate law.

Ms. Wyle is responsible for significant California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal victories, including the seminal case of Estate of Goulet (1995) 10 Cal. 4th 1074, establishing that a trustee has standing to appeal an order concerning implementation of a trust’s no contest clause.  She has been the lead attorney in numerous  multi-faceted matters which she has successfully concluded by trial, appeal or settlement.  Ms. Wyle often heads a team of tax, administrative and transactional specialists, frequently resolving the disputes by settlement, employing creative solutions with tax-efficient strategies.  These high net worth matters frequently involve celebrities' estates, which she handles with discretion.

Ms. Wyle was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” award winner in Los Angeles.  Since 2010, she has been selected by her peers every year for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® editions.  Ms. Wyle has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Judicial Edition, the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting the confidential opinions of the Bar and Judiciary and has consistently been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list for more than 10 years.  

Ms. Wyle has lectured for many professional groups, including the Continuing Education of the Bar of California, ACTEC, USC Trust and Estate Conference, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association and the San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association | Litigation Section 
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association | Trusts and Estate Section | Chair, Executive Committee |1998-1999, 2000-2001 | Distinguished Service Award | 2002
  • Beverly Hills Bar Foundation | Board of Directors and Past President | 2008-2010 | Past Chair of Foundation's Supreme Court Luncheon Donor Committee | 2006-2018
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) | Fellow | Member: Fiduciary Litigation and Professional Responsibility Committees

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